Project Management (Higher Certificate)

  • Convenient and appropriate avenue into business management studies
  • Builds a framework for understanding the dynamics of project management

1 Year
NQF Level 5
120 credits
Supported distance learning

About The Higher Certificate in Project Management

Project Management has emerged in the business world as one of the most popular career fields in the twenty-first century. It encompasses and touches every facet and business unit of the organisation from human resources to finance and information technology. Having a project management qualification enables individuals to easily switch careers.

The project management framework cuts across all disciplines while the tools and techniques required to manage projects remain the same.

Some of these tools and techniques may need to be adapted based on the nature of the project and the industry. This Higher Certificate in Project Management from MANCOSA is intended to provide students with the framework for understanding the dynamics of project management and covers all the essential elements and processes in project management. This Higher Certificate in Project Management is online-based with workshop available on weekends.


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Who Should Attend

  • Aspiring individuals whose objective it is to seek employment in the corporate world or who need the grounding to do a BCom degree.
  • People with part-time or full-time employment who wish to advance their careers, but may not have formal post-school qualifications and only limited work experience.
  • People whose post-school qualifications are not in business management but have taken a position in the business world, and now realise that they want to further their career opportunities in this employment sector.
  • Individuals who either work in or run small businesses and need information and skills so they can develop their ideas, and formulate strategies for the growth of this business.

Career Opportunities

Higher Certificate in Project Management

  • Project Administration
  • Project Coordinator
  • Project Management


Allows the student to progress directly to a Bachelor’s degree.

Entry Requirements

  • 2 A Levels at HSC


  • Knowledge Check Questions (KCQs)
  • Short Essay Questions
  • Project

Programme Structure

Duration: 1 year

Modules in Higher Certificate in Project Management

  • Fundamentals of Project Management
  • Project Scope and Time Management
  • Introduction to Project Quality Management
  • Project Schedule, Cost and Budget Control
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Monitoring and Evaluation

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Project Management, the student should be able to:
  • Practice the process of project management and its application in delivering successful projects;
  • Evaluate a project to develop the scope of work, provide accurate cost estimates and to plan the various activities;
  • Understand and use risk management analysis techniques that identify the factors that put a project at risk and to quantify the likely effect of risk on project timescales;
  • Identify the resources required for a project and to produce a work plan and resource schedule;
  • Distinguish between the different types of the project and follow the stages needed to negotiate an appropriate contract; and
  • Develop a project plan and change control systems to integrate the various project elements.

Student Support

The Higher Certificate in Project Management is delivered through online learning and digital support.

The guide includes:

  • Compulsory readings
  • Self-study activities
  • Tutorial Letters
  • Assessment Exercises

In addition, students have access to:

  • Online Journals
  • Past examination papers
  • Supplementary learning materials available

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